By Earle Rice
Profiles Claire Lee Chennault who, after retiring from the U.S. military Air Corps, volunteered as an consultant to Chiang Kai-Shek and led either chinese language and American air troops opposed to Japan in the course of global conflict II.
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In 1933, Chennault wrote a paper entitled The Role of Defensive Pursuit, which defined all of the principles and factors related to the use of defensive aircraft, from singleseat fighters to modern-day jets and missiles. The army never really accepted it, but the mimeographed text formed the cornerstone of an early warning and interception system that would yield incredible results in China a few years later. Chennault now had something to boast about and he complained loudly to all those “bomber boys” who could not — or would not — share his vision of the fighter’s role in the next war — a war that was already taking shape in Europe.
He sent a report of his conclusions to the tactical school for comment. In an eight-page rebuttal to his report, Chennault criticized the performance of the fighters and the conclusions reached by Arnold. S. ” Chennault had added another name to his growing list of detractors. Chennault’s faith in the fighter plane remained unshaken. He studied English and German early warning systems and added his own improvements. ” He advocated establishing early warning nets to track hostile aircraft and furnish fighters with the information and time needed to intercept them.
Faced with a growing opposition to his theories, and likely sensing that his career was drawing to a close, Chennault began lashing out at his superiors and detractors. His superiors eventually pronounced him no longer suited to the role of an instructor. But his flying skills had not diminished. Although no longer valued as an instructor, he was still one of the hottest pilots around. And the opportunity to prove it came to him by chance. ” In 1932, General Curry had witnessed a performance by the Hell Divers, the navy’s three-plane aerial acrobatic team.
Claire Chennault: Flying Tiger (Famous Flyers) by Earle Rice